Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Melvin Potts caught & was out on bond for armed robbery & carjacking

Update: Ready for this? He was arrested in 2012 for armed robbery, carjacking, and using a gun in the commission of a felony.  He was scheduled to go to trial in April but Judge Kidd granted  a continuance.  His trial is scheduled for August 11. Judge Kidd has approved several continuances in the case for plea negotiations.  The court file is posted below.

Should we get a posse together?  The Madison Police Department issued two press releases today:
Second press release:

Update on Homicide Investigation on Harris Lane in Madison

As previously reported, on May 26, 2014 through the investigative efforts of detectives with the Madison Police Department an arrest warrant was obtained for Melvin Joshua Potts, black male, age 20, for the charge of Murder.

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at approximately 8:35 A.M. investigators with the Madison Police Department along with the assistance of the Jackson Police Department, located and arrested Melvin Joshua Potts at 2524 Saint Charles Street in Jackson, MS.  Mr. Potts has since been booked with one count of Murder and is being held at the Madison County Detention Center with no bond being set.
The Madison Police Department would like to thank the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson Police Department, and the Jackson State University Police Department, the media and members of the public for their assistance during this investigation.

First press release:

DATE: May 26, 2014
CONTACT: Major Robert Sanders 601-856-6111
On May 21, 2014 the Madison Police Department began working a suspicious death investigation at 115 Harris Lane involving the victim, Dr. Garrick Reshun Shelton
of 115 Harris Lane, Madison, MS. Dr. Shelton was a professor and Department Chair at Jackson State University.

On the evening of May 26, 2014, an arrest warrant has been issued for Melvin Joshua Potts, black male, age 20, last known address of 2524 St. Charles Street, Jackson, MS.
Potts has been charged with one count of murder. The suspect has been entered on the National Crime Information Center wanted persons registry. He should be considered dangerous.

Any contact, please notify the Madison Police Department 601-856-6111, Crimestoppers, or your local law enforcement agency.

Note: Here is his court file from Hinds County. How do you feel, Judge Kidd?


Anonymous said...

Catch and release?


Anonymous said...

Is he caught this time for this homicide? Or does caught just mean when he was caught for armed robbery and carjacking? Hoping he stays caught the next time at least until he is found innocent or guilty.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when criminals are allowed to stay on the streets for 2 years after an arrest.

Get it together Jackson, I love this city but we are killing ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Hinds County ... A World of Difference!

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow! I'm SO sick of this shit happening every day! EVERY facet of our lives is affected by these assholes' behavior!

For example, my wife and I were recently parking at an establishment in Jackson, and she wanted to leave her purse in the car......but, of course, she couldn't BECAUSE OF THESE ASSHOLES! Granted, that's a far cry from a violent crime like murder, but it's just an example of how our lives are more and more affected every day because Jackson won't - or maybe can't, at this point - get control of their criminal demographic!

Anonymous said...

It's time people take a hard look at the judicial system in Jackson/Hinds county. Low bail for violent crime and an excessive amount of time to bring an offender to trial are a big part of the problem. We should start to hold the system accountable for our safety.

Anonymous said...

Hinds County DA is a joke - a bad one when it comes to violent offenders. Although not a violent crime, he has yet to prosecute Mike Brown for stealing that young man's money. Michael Guest gave him everything, and he's just sitting on it.

Anonymous said...

Well, bond is to ensure the defendant's appearance at any subsequent court dates. Said dates are usually set by the Court and it's up to the Defense Attorney and the District Attorney to prepare the case for a proceeding on that date. A number of factors are to be considered when scrutinizing the length of time from arraignment to trial -- including the crowded Hinds County Docket. It doesn't appear that Mr. Potts had violated the terms of his bond and as of now, he's only a suspect to a subsequent crime -- not a convict. Continuances are normal, so there's no one to blame just yet if this young man is indeed guilty on either charge.

Anonymous said...

Winston Kidd should be horsewhipped. One of the laziest sob's to hit the bench...and that's saying something.

Anonymous said...

Yea 3:26 he is a real joke. Why don't you pull your head out of your butt and actually take notice of whats going on. An example of what the DA did this week: http://www.msnewsnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=25624162

Anonymous said...

@3:26 PM.. The hyphenated last named Hinds County DA is a idiot...after all, he and several other idiots did a TV spot supporting chokeweed, jr. for mayor..remember? Further, kidd is a shining example of the ugly side of affirmative action hiring. You get unqualified and incompetent people.

Anonymous said...

No one is surprised. Anytime democrats are in control your gonna have these type of problems. I think its in the democrat handbook. It states that to be a democrat you have to be lazy, incompetent, crooked and lacking in any common sense; and that's just to join the party.

Anonymous said...

The Hinds County judiciary is largely appalling. It's astounding how few realize how bad things are with the case load and the competency of some of the judges.

Anonymous said...

"It's astounding how few realize how bad things are with the case load..."

If true, 2:23, how do you suppose more would realize it? If I'm not a lawyer or working in the courthouse, I'm oblivious to such minutia as caseloads, coffee breaks and counselors.

Anonymous said...

So.... Am I the only one wondering why Melvin Potts was at the Professor's house? Did he follow The Good Doctor home from Jackson State, with the intent of stealing the car?

Are details being withheld until the time of the trial?

Plenty of Madison ladies are already afraid of being followed home from Jackson stores (the main reason it was so 'urgent' to have a Target IN Madison, and so 'urgent' to have a WalMart IN Madison). So, are people working in fenced&gated universities in Jacktown now at risk of being followed home?

Or were there other factors involved here?

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